Tag Archives: offshoring

Risk management and offshoring

This Deloitte report looks at the the risks associated with offshoring and outsourcing.  They identify the risks and how to mitigate them for each of the five stages of their “outsourcing/offshoring life cycle”: Strategic assessment – deciding on whether to … Continue reading

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What supply chain trends are evident in the apparel sector?

Having just blogged about Bain & Company’s insights into how supply chains are changing, I came across this article on the McKinsey & Company website.  This was based on a survey and in-depth discussions with 29 Chief Procurement Officers of … Continue reading

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No one offshores their operations any more, do they?

We define offshoring as moving operations from a high cost economy, often the ‘home’ country of the firm, to a low cost economy (page 444).  And this whole issue has had a much higher profile with the election of Donald … Continue reading

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Research Insight: How sourcing may affect product recalls

Very interesting article in the latest Journal of Operations Management.  Steven et al’s (2014) ‘Global sourcing and quality recalls: An empirical study of outsourcing-supplier concentration product recalls linkages’ researches product recalls across a wide range of industry sectors.  It seeks … Continue reading

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Reshoring production

The BBC has a short video explaining why many UK companies are shifting production back to the UK.

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Raspberry Pi – Made in the U.K.

If you listened to Today on Radio 4 yesterday, you will have heard that the manufacture of the Raspberry Pi was originally off shored to China, but has systematically been moved back to the U.K.  If you’re not sure what … Continue reading

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Dyson grows in Singapore and Wiltshire

Dyson features as the opening Case Insight to chapter 16.  This report in The Manufacturer demonstrates their continued success – based on R &D in the UK and manufacturing in the Far East.  The company has invested £50 million in … Continue reading

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Offshoring energy

It is not just manufacturing that can be offshored.  Some of the UK’s energy supplies come from the Continent, and now it is planned to build wind farms in Ireland to supply power to the UK.  The BBC have a … Continue reading

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Outsourcing and offshoring reassessed

As a follow up to our last blog, The Economist is featuring an article on the topic of outsourcing and offshoring shortly.   This is discussed in an interview available on their website as an audio feed.  This provides a … Continue reading

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Reassuring ‘reshoring’ in USA

Very interesting article on the BBC Business webpage about how manufacturers are opening new, or restoring old, manufacturing plants in the USA, rather than offshore production to lower labour cost economies (see page 444 in book).   It is estimated … Continue reading

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